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(but it's required)Nicaraguan Pres Daniel Ortega says his country will “soon” join the UN’s Paris Climate Agreement, leaving the US & Syria as the only 2 countries outside the pact. Ortega had prev refused 2enter the agreement cuz it didnt go far(Friday, Sep 22. 2017 03:43 AM)enough & it was not very strict w/the richest nations of the planet. Ortega also prev complained agreement is a declaration/proclamation rather than an obligation 2adhere 2promises. However, Ortega has reconsidered & now plans 2sign 2b in solidarity w/countries that will be neg affected most quickly. http://goo.gl/soCbkAIs Melania crying out 4help against the Don & Repubs? At a UN luncheon, Melania condemned bullying. Her speech followed a prev pledge 2launch a campaign on the topic. M said children r hit 1st & hardest in any country when it comes2(Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 03:33 AM)drug-addiction/bullying/poverty/disease/trafficking/illiteracy/hunger. Wow, a Repub expressing concern4 children after their birth! M also argued children should never feel hungry/stalked/frightened/terrorized/bullied/isolated/afraid, w/nowhere 2turn. But how then will they learn 2b self-reliant? http://goo.gl/JvD6ktVenezuelan Pres Nicolás Maduro called Trump “the new Hitler” following T’s speech at the UN. In his speech, T had threatened 2build upon sweeping economic sanctions that the US had slapped on VE last mo if Maduro “persists on a(Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 01:14 AM)path 2impose authoritarian rule.” However, T didnt repeat an earlier threat 2consider Mil options 2pressure Venezuela, perhaps cuz the day b4 he had dined w/leaders of 4 Latin Amer countries who made clear they wouldnt support this. Said Maduro: “Nobody threatens Venezuela & nobody owns Venezuela.” https://goo.gl/f7AEcnAlthough Trump’s WH so far denies it, Turk Pres Erdoğan said in a PBS interview that airs Tues that Trump apologized 2him 4the indictment of 15 Turk security officials following their attack on peaceful anti-Erdoğan protestors(Thursday, Sep 21. 2017 12:36 AM)across the street from him when he visited DC in May. In the aftermath, Sen McCain demanded the Turk ambassador 2the US be expelled saying: “These are not just avg ppl that did this beating. This is Erdoğan’s security detail. Somebody told them 2go & beat up on these peaceful demonstrators…”. http://goo.gl/vox8nJNew Politico/Morning Consult poll shows 49% voters support sgl-payer hlth care; only 35% oppose. Support among Dems has recently jumped. 54% Dems supported in April, by Sept 67% support. Sadly, Repubs likely can beat back sgl payer(Wednesday, Sep 20. 2017 11:43 PM)citing the massive, potentially disruptive funding & infrastructure shift req. Many now employed in hlth field as unproductive paper pushers. Which is why changeover must be phased in. But compared 2other nations, US med costs high, results mediocre. Nations w/sgl payer have lower costs, better outcomes. goo.gl/JvF5hoShade(Tuesday, Sep 19. 2017 08:06 AM)The OGE cg’d its mind again & now says it will not allow anonymous donations2 WH legal defense funds after all. Anonymity would have freed lobbyists, those w/business b4 govt, & foreign interests/powers (RU itself?) 2(Tuesday, Sep 19. 2017 01:57 AM)step-in/pay the highly specialized legal fees of T & aides as they lawyer-up against expanding probe of RU influence over T election. Perhaps T admin thought better on the policy cg after learning DOJ/Mueller could still examine donations if they thought laws were being violated. https://goo.gl/s9NP9b (c bottom)NK’s long-range missiles currently rely on UDMH, a toxic/hard2-safely-handle/potent rocket fuel that intel believes initially came from China & Russia. NK doesnt yet have the more desirable solid fuels that also allows mobile/(Sunday, Sep 17. 2017 09:22 PM)quick launches less subject attack on the launchpad. If NK doesnt have UDMH, it cannot threaten US per Edward Markey, D-MA, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Thus US trying 2determine if NK now makes its own or if supply can be disrupted. However, experts say NK might have solid fuels in 1-10yrs. https://goo.gl/XxE3jKTrump’s tweet: “I spoke w/Pres Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!” // Let’s hope this works. Sadly, I think it better we do something about N Korea(Sunday, Sep 17. 2017 05:47 PM)now than later, even if it is the Mil option. Parity & MAD might have worked w/the Soviet Union & China, but we cant be doing this with every tin-horn dictator or worse, terrorist orgs that would then dictate r Mil/trade/policy options. If we take mil action, millions may die but it better now than later when it is us dying.S may hit the fan. Equifax Workforce Solutions has a 5yr, $329.4M contract with the Fed Data Services Hub, the backbone of healthcare.gov (Obamacare). Equifax’s job is 2provide your personal income & employer med-insur status in(Sunday, Sep 17. 2017 04:25 PM)real time 4 Obamacare subsidy purposes. Equifax also has sim real-time contract w/SSA to ID u & allow u 2create online acct. Equifax provides info more current than avail on Fed tax returns & other govt records. All this may have leaked & may now be politically played, though Equifax already had your info. https://goo.gl/exL217Trump thinks it funny 2retweet gifs showing him/others inflicting violence against his political rivals – inc his “has-been” rival HC. But if we as citizens post a sim “dummied up” violent event against Trump, we likely end u(Sunday, Sep 17. 2017 03:18 PM)w/unannounced visit 2r home/workplace from Secret Service & have our computer equip seized. Dbl consequence if we Muslim. Every /threat/ gets a visit. Just ask Martin Shkreli if such /humor/ isnt taken seriously. T should therefore use more discretion & act more Presidential in his retweets. If violence occurs, T s b sued.Equifax negligently left its server unpatched4 2mo(s). However, 4 business/govt, patching newly discovered flaws isnt always as simple as MS/Java update. It req searching the co(s)’s entire portfolio of apps 4newly rpt’d hackability(Sunday, Sep 17. 2017 02:11 PM)(there’s apps 4this), then testing latest patches 4compatibility w/other apps. It often nec 2rewrite other (often expensive proprietary) apps 2work w/new patches,then retest. It can take days++ b4 patch can be deployed w/o taking crit sys down. Thus it not uncommon4 business app hygiene 2not be good. https://goo.gl/rCDb7nLast Fri, the DOJ declined2 release the vast majority of visitor logs2 Mar-a-Lago despite a Fed court ordering the Secret Service 2do so. Earlier this yr, Citiz 4 Responsibility & Ethics in Washington, the National Security Archive,(Sunday, Sep 17. 2017 02:25 AM)& the Knight 1st Amendment Institute sued the admin 4the logs2 Mar-a-Lago, the WH, & TrumpTower. However, per DOJ attorneys “The remaining records… contain/reflect/otherwise-relate 2the Pres’s schedules”, & therefore (they claim) r not subject2 FOIA. The DHS also prev denied a sim FOIA req. https://goo.gl/1pB44RFBI Special Counsel Mueller obtained search warrant 4records of “fake” FB accts shut down earlier this mo & the targeted ads purchased in 2016 election. Mueller apparently feels he has enough 2justify forcing FB 2release more.(Saturday, Sep 16. 2017 01:17 PM)Big implications 4 Trump & assoc. Congress intel committees now home in on Kushner’s campaign data ops as a trove of incriminating info. Kushner brought in Cambridge Analytica, & within 5mo(s), built a $400M op w/ 1.5k ppl in 50 states. Question is 2what extent did his ops use RU money/resources. https://goo.gl/TWfaP3CA State Assembly on Thurs passed bill req all Pres candidates 2release tax returns prior2 placement on state ballot. The Presidential Tax Transparency & Accountability Act passed the state Assembly on a 42-18 vote & will now head(Saturday, Sep 16. 2017 12:29 PM)2the state Senate 4 concurrence vote b4 being sent 2the gov 4his signature. Earlier this yr, a NY state lawmaker intro’d a sim bill that would req state 2 publicly post state tax returns of anyone elected in statewide election 2a Fed or state office, but that seems too little too late. https://goo.gl/AUuXRyMichael Flynn brokering 2build a network of 40 nuke elect power plants across the Middle East (an action he illegally concealed) 2me 1 of the most stupid ideas I’ve ever heard of. Given the amt of solar energy Mid-Eastern countries(Thursday, Sep 14. 2017 08:37 AM)could potentially harness & their limited water supplies, Flynn’s actions seem akin 2selling ice to Eskimos – unless 1 can imagine some ulterior motive is behind Mid-East countries being interested in owning/operating nuke reactors. The politically unstable Mid-East is last place 2b building nuke plants. https://goo.gl/3d6BAWShade(Sunday, Sep 10. 2017 06:23 PM)Added info re post below: Areas in which hurricane causes the sea 2subside can have water return w/damaging fury if area later subject2 hurricane surge. Such forceful water return occurring in Naples, FL. However Long Island, Bahamas less in direct path of Irma’s surge so water prob returns gradually – but dont risk your safety on that.Shade(Sunday, Sep 10. 2017 03:29 PM)Added info re post below: Areas in which hurricane causes sea 2subside can have water return w/damaging fury if area later subject2 hurricane surge. Such forceful water return expected in Naples, FL. However Long Island, Bahamas not in direct path of Irma’s surge so water will prob returns gradually – but dont risk your safety on that.Climate cg deniers running out of places 2hide ― places 2hide from winds/floods,drought,forest-fires,scientific-truth. Yet T’s EPA admin Scott Pruitt proclaimed: “To have any kind of focus on the cause/effect of the storm vs helping(Sunday, Sep 10. 2017 02:58 PM)ppl, or actually facing the effect of the storm, is misplaced.” Unfortunately w/T admin, realistic talk re increased climate variability/instability always “misplaced”. An oz of prevention is worth a lb of cure, & the lbs it costs world 2repeatedly recover from 1 in 500+yr climate events r going 2break us. https://goo.gl/ygPn8eShade(Sunday, Sep 10. 2017 02:12 PM)Added info re post below: Areas in which hurricane causes the sea 2subside can have water return w/damaging fury if area later subject2 hurricane surge. Such forceful water return expected in Naples, FL. However Long Island, Bahamas less in direct path of Irma’s surge so water prob returns gradually – but dont risk your safety on that.
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Delegate Waldstreicher and I discuss the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act, the Fight for 15, and how progressives can win!
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Apocryphal Chinese curse – May you live in interesting times. Voltaire – We must tend to our garden.
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I will be taking a hiatus from the Hal Ginsberg Morning Show starting Monday June 19. I intend to return on Monday July 11. My show airs 6-9 am Pacific/9-noon east coast Monday – Friday. Listen at halginsberg.com/dListen-Now/, radiomonterey.com, and … Continue reading